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This retreat is meant for those who like to work on a personal level through the use of yoga and individual sessions with personal attention. You could be searching for ways to increase relaxation, meditation, and lightness in daily life. You can use it to deepen your yoga experience on different levels, such as improving alignment, flow of energy, concentration, subtle observation. This retreat offers supportive tools when dealing with stress, fatigue, or mild psychological symptoms.
The retreat center is next to Aleid’s home, where she lives with her husband Doby, who is a great vegetarian chef. The rooms are offered only as a service for people who do yoga and therapeutic sessions, there are no other guests not attending a program. There are one large double room and two normal double rooms, all with their own bathroom. This retreat is open all year round, ask for the first available dates.
You will have private use of a double room unless you bring a friend or family member. There is one extra single room only used for last minute emergencies. Aleid and Doby live on a separate floor. In the exotic garden and under the roof of the veranda, you can relax on sunbeds or puffs or take a hammock to where you want.
For the yoga classes, mats and meditation pillows are provided. The yoga has a maximum of five participants and they are given outdoors when possible. From April to October, you can be sure to enjoy outdoor yoga. In January, March, November, and December, yoga classes mix outdoor and indoor instruction.
As soon as the sun is out, Aleid uses an outdoor coaching "office," which is available most of the year. For a donation fee, you can also use the three bicycles and the infrared sauna. Your hosts will try to find a balance between connecting and private space for them and for you.
You will have quite some time for yourself to rest. You are welcome to bring your own books, movies, or music. You can also use the house's collection. Your hosts like to share what they have, so if you need a specific thing, tool, fire pot, paint, or clay, do ask.
This is a program with a lot of personal choice and guidance. It is designed to make it into your desired retreat with as much silence or social connection as you like as well as detailed yoga instruction and great food and care. This personalized yoga retreat includes optional coaching, but if you wish to work on a specific therapeutic theme like depression, anxiety, stress, or a difficult life situation, you can also check out the coaching and yoga program. Your retreat will include:
There will be optional excursions offered weekly, for example, a day in a large spa, a trip to further beaches, walks, an evening with live music, or mantra singing. These activities will be discussed with the people present at the time and are subject to the weather and other conditions. Directly from the location, there are beautiful walks along the coastline and the stunning sandy beaches, which is only 10 minutes away by bicycle.
Aleid is a qualified yoga instructor who utilizes her knowledge on evidence-based psychology to gain a wider perspective and approach to healing. She was born and bred in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where she received her master's degree in psychology in the University of Amsterdam. Her travels have made her more knowledgeable and broadened her knowledge of different cultures and times. She has concentrated on her own blend of yoga, coaching, therapy, and meditation since 2004 when she started her own successful psychological practice called “Personal Radiance.”
Doby van den Berg
Doby comes from a family with a curiosity towards many different cultures, especially culinary culture and music. He started helping his mother in the kitchen from a young age and never stopped liking the process of preparing world food and the joy of eating together. Doby trained as a cabinet maker first to allow him to live and work anywhere in the world and building beautiful kitchens was a favorite. After going trough cancer, Doby took up healthy, tasty cooking as a new profession and loves it.
This retreat will take place in Cala Figuera, Spain. There are walking and cycling paths from the house along the coast and into the typical Mediterranean backlands with forests, flowers, olive, and fruit trees. The house is on the outer ring of the beautiful, natural, small fishing harbor.
Just one street down, you will see the ever changing light on the water and the typical Mallorquin white fishing boats, the llauts. You will also see the fishermen work on their nets and sell their catch every afternoon. There is a small boulevard with a cliff and sea view restaurants nearby.
Further down, you will find a few shops, a mini market, a cash machine, diving, kayak, and SUP and boat tours. Just beyond the harbor is Parque Natural Mondrago, a large area with protected forest landscape, cliffs, and two stunning white beaches. You will see they resemble the Caribbean, with turquoise waters.
In warm months, you may head out early to do yoga on the beach. Nearby, you will also find Santanyi, one of the bigger villages with more services, including a small hospital, post office, galleries, nice shops, two big supermarkets, cafés, and restaurants, some of them with weekly live music.
From Cala Figuera you can also visit wonderful places, including Coves de Drac, Cabrera Island, Randa Monastery, and Monasterio de San Salvador. There are also famous beaches where you can relax and take in the sun, including the famous Es Trench Beach.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruits, and snacks are all included in the accommodation. Gluten-free, dairy-free, or sugar-free food is also available upon request. Doby, the chef, is a vegetarian and world food specialist. He can tell you a lot about healthy alternatives and creative cooking at home. Daily fresh fruit smoothies, home-baked bread, home-made marmalades, hummus, and tapanade are provided.
A 60-minute Reiki or massage session is included in your retreat. You can also use the infrared sauna for a donation fee.
Please book your flight to arrive at Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The cost for pick-up is 45 EUR and the cost for drop-off is 35 EUR.
There is a bus connection from Palma or Arenal to Santanyí. It costs about 7 EUR and the trip is one hour long.
A one-way taxi trip from the airport costs from 65 to 70 EUR.
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